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How to beat Marine Le Pen

Mainstream politicians are giving up on the old ways of battling the far right

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

In June 2013, the French Parti Socialiste (PS) lost a parliamentary by-election in Villeneuve-sur-Lot in the southwest of France. The PS had been defending the seat previously occupied by Jérôme Cahuzac, the former budget minister who was forced to resign from the government of François Hollande in April of that year after a financial scandal.

In the first round of voting, their candidate, Bernard Barral, was beaten into third place by Etienne Bousquet-Cassagne of the…

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